Thanksgiving Pillow Cover DIY

Thanksgiving Pillow Cover DIY

For week 2 of the Holiday Extravaganza, I present my Thanksgiving Pillow Cover! (Trumpets are sounding off :) I’m making over ratty old pillows that just need to die. I’ve been keeping a set of these horrible pillows hidden away until I have time to make some pillow covers.

You can make a pillow cover in about 20 minutes. Drape your fabric around the pillow to determine the width. Your fabric will need to go all the way around the pillow, plus 8″. The extra is for the overlap. Determine the length by measuring your pillow, and add 1″.

Your two ends that overlap will need to be hemmed.

Stitch along the edge of each fold line.

Now arrange your pillow inside out, making sure the width of the pillow will fit inside; and that you have enough overlap that your pillow won’t show.

Round the edges off your pillow cover slightly. This will help your pillow fit nice and snug, and prevent dog ears. After rounding the points, stitch all the way around your pillow. Finish with a serger or zig zag stitch.

Turn your pillow right side out and press.

The overlap will look sort of like this inside.

Stuff hideous pillow inside and fluff.

I forgot to round my edges, so I have just a little bit of dog ears. But on the plus side, no one will suspect that I’m too cheap to buy new pillows!

Hey, I’m getting pretty good at home dec projects- did you see my fall kitchen towel makeover? My house might look like a Pinterest house if I keep it up! (Not really though.)

If you want some more holiday crafty goodness, check out the Holiday Extravaganza links below!

Homemade Oreos from PopCosmo

Free Printable Thanksgiving Conversation Starter Game from The Pinning Mama

DIY Dinner Napkins from PinkWhen

DIY Paper Flower Wreath from The Fresh Idea Studio

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. thisblogisnotforyou

    Looks soooo much better. I also have two of those ratty pillows on my couch. Until now I was too lazy to do anything about it, but this pillow case you made looks so easy and fun to make that I will try it myself asap!
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  2. ingrid@nowathomemom

    you are too cute Amy! :-)
    like your new pillows; the colors are perfect for this season and Thanksgiving (& I love the bits of orange in them) :-) the turkeys are cute too :-) we already had our Thanksgiving (Canadian) & now I can’t wait to get our tree up to start decorating ;-)
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  3. Buttons

    That is a great idea, and man, do we have some heinous pillows on our couch. I think I will go stalk the clearance Halloween fabric now, and then wait till after turkey day for the fun fall fabrics to be on sale! So I will have some fun and festive pillows for next year!
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  4. Amy of while wearing heels

    What cute fabric. Great tutorial and tips. I’ve made pillows but never can quite verbalize or write about how to do it. I didn’t even know that the edges of the pocket closure was called a hem. I thought hems were only on pants. I have a lot to learn, obviously!
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  5. Mel

    Fun I need to make over mine, btw no ones house looks like a Pinterest house in my experience!! At least not when you have kids
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  6. kim

    What an amazing transformation! With your skills, your house really will look like a Pinterest board (truly!)
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  7. gina

    you are getting so good at home dec projects!!! That is the fastest, most efficient way to make a cover i have ever seen! looks like you are ready for Thanksgiving. Maybe i should whip up a cushion cover as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving!!


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